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- FeelFree Moken 12.5
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- Build QualityEditor: 85%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 84%
- ComfortEditor: 82%
- StabilityEditor: 88%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 78%
There’s a big difference between entry-level kayaks and those that are designed for paddlers and anglers who’ve accumulated a bit more experience and are willing to pay a little more for their vessel. Such crafts typically perform better than their lower-priced counterparts, and they usually come with a number of features that make the ride more enjoyable for riders.
The FeelFree Moken 12.5 is a great example of this type of intermediate-level kayak, and it is not only well-built but well-equipped too. A sturdy, durable and feature-packed vessel, the Moken 12.5 deserves consideration from any angler who is looking to upgrade their first kayak.
- Stable enough to permit standing (and includes a standing strap to help you get up or sit down)
- Provides plenty of storage space for tackle and other equipment
- 419-pound capacity ensures that you can bring along plenty of fishing gear
- Some anglers complained that the craft was not very fast and stopped gliding when they stopped paddling
- Very heavy craft for its size, which is not easy to transport across dry ground
- Some paddlers may find it difficult to turn effectively
The Moken 12.5 is a reasonably large craft, which measures 12 feet and 8 inches long. However, unlike some other FeelFree vessels, it is only about 32 inches wide.
This reduces its stability a bit, but it doesn’t compromise the boat’s strength or rigidity. The craft is made from polyethylene, like most other FeelFree vessels, and is durable enough to withstand the indignities of repeated fishing trips.
The Moken 12.5 provides a relatively generous amount of space for anglers to store their gear. A large oval-shaped compartment is located in the bow and is designed to hold the bulk of your tackle and similar equipment. You can keep larger items – including coolers, crates or backpacks – on the deck cargo area.
Bungee cords are included to ensure these items remain secure. A center console is included at the front of the cockpit and features a drink holder and paddle keeper, and two flush-mount rod holders are situated behind the seat.
The Moken 12.5 features a relatively roomy cockpit, which will accommodate most anglers well. Adjustable foot braces allow riders to customize the craft to suit their frame, and the padded King Fisher Seat is fully adjustable to provide maximum comfort.
Most of the storage areas are easy to access from the seated position, and the craft even includes a standing pad, so that your feet and back don’t become fatigued while out on the water.
Most anglers who tried the Moken 12.5 raved about the craft’s stability. Several reported standing with ease, and a few found that it was also stable enough to sit side-saddle when you need to take a break.
It isn’t ideally suited for heavy surf or choppy waters, but it should perform well enough in lakes and slow rivers. Additionally, because the craft has a 419-pound capacity, you’ll feel confident bringing along plenty of gear, safe in the knowledge that you’ll still float high in the water.
Reviews about the Moken 12.5’s maneuverability varied widely. Some anglers found that it turned on a dime and tracked well, but others complained that it was not easy to turn, and it would drift off course fairly easily.
These differences of opinion are probably indicative of varying skill levels among paddlers, and experienced kayakers will probably find that it is a very maneuverable vessel. It is very heavy, so it isn’t easy to load, launch or land by yourself, but the molded handles and included Wheel in the Keel help to make it slightly easier to drag down to the water.
Most intermediate-level kayakers and anglers will likely find that the Moken 12.5 provides exceptional value and performs better than they’d expected on the water. It isn’t the fastest kayak on the water, and some anglers may have trouble piloting the craft with precision, but the vessel’s impressive stability help offset these concerns.
It is packed with storage space and angler-friendly features, and the included Wheel in the Keel make it easier to get to and from the water. Additionally, while it is somewhat difficult to find a kayak at this price point that permits standing, the Moken 12.5 is a great option for anglers who prefer to fish from a standing position.
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|Color(s)||lime camo, desert camo, blue camo, winter camo|
|Length (ft / cm)||12'8" / 385cm|
|Width (in / cm)||32" / 82cm|
|Height (in / cm)||N/A|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||72 lbs / 30kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||419 lbs / 190kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|